Pond Inlet Arctic Floe Edge Photography Workshop

Floe Edge Polar Bear

 

It’s All About The Adventure

Just about every wildlife photographer I know has an Arctic Floe Edge photography workshop on their “MUST DO” list.  You’ve likely seen the footage from the BBC or Discovery Channel but I can tell you having been to the  Pond Inlet Floe Edge in June 2016 that watching it on TV just does not do the experience justice.  The icy landscapes with their towering icebergs are breath-taking and the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife from Narwhal, Bowhead whales, Polar Bear, Ring Seals and bird life makes this a wildlife photographers paradise.

Marc Latremouille has partnered with Black Feather, the leader in Arctic expeditions and adventures, to bring you an unforgettable photography workshop from the Pond Inlet floe edge in the high Canadian Arctic.    Black Feather has been providing unique Arctic adventures for decades and are the first choice for serious adventurers, filmmakers and photographers alike.

Trip Details

From the community of Pond Inlet, you will travel by snowmobile and komatik (wooden sled) to the Pond Inlet floe edge, an area known as the “line of life”. Guided by seasoned and highly qualified Black Feather and Inuit guides, we will determine based on ice conditions and weather where to establish a base camp.  The base camp will be where the group gathers when we are not out exploring and photographing all this arctic landscape has to offer.  24 hours of daylight in June affords a lot of time for shooting so you will not be running on a typical dusk to dawn schedule, the guides and the group will discuss such things on day 1 of the trip during the briefing session.

The Arctic is an ever changing environment with weather and ice conditions that are monitored hourly by the guides.  Client safety is always priority one and Black Feather and its local Inuit guides are the best in the business at organizing and running floe edge photography tours safely and with respect for not impacting to this pristine environment.

 

Pond Inlet Floe Edge Photography Workshop ItineraryRing Seal

Day 1  Friday, June 2, 2017 Flight North To Baffin Island – Arrival

9:15AM flight from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit, Arrive at 5:40 PM.

Greeted at the airport and transported to hotel for welcome supper.  Hotel accommodation. Group talk and gear check.  Evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community.

Day 2  Expedition Departure

Breakfast.  Final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snow machine and kamotik towards Sirmilik National Park and Bylot Island floe-edge area to our Base Camp.

Day 3-7  Day trips from our Base Camp

Exploring by snow machine and komatik – bird cliffs, icebergs, floe-edge and sea ice, overnighting at our floe edge base camp.

Day 8  Return to Pond Inlet

Return journey by snow machine and komatik to Pond Inlet.  Supper and hotel accommodation.

Day 9  Saturday.  June 10, 2017 Departure – Flight South to Ottawa.

Breakfast.  8AM flight from Pond Inlet to Ottawa via Iqaluit, NU.

Arrive in Ottawa at 4:50PM

Narwhal Tail

Workshop Costs

Floe Edge Photography Workshop Fee: $7595.00 Canadian (plus 5% tax)

Airfare (Ottawa to Pond Inlet and back-reserved by Black Feather)): $3000.00 Canadian (taxes in).

Group Size: Maximum 8 participants

*A deposit of 25% is required upon registration and balance is due 60 days prior to your adventure.

*Trip insurance recommended

 

 

 

What’s Included

  • Guides – 5:1 ratio, plus Inuit bear monitor/guide
  • Accommodation
    • 6 nights camping
    • 2 night’s accommodation Pond Inlet on Days 1 and 8
  • Meals
    • excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 8  lunch
    • dinners (Days 1 and 8) and breakfast (Days 2 and 9) in Pond Inlet
  • Expedition Equipmentbase camp – kitchen / group tents, bathroom, generators, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
    • sleeping tents – free standing custom expedition dome tents
    • sleeping bags and sleeping pads
  • Safety Equipment
    • first aid, safety, rescue and repair kits
    • communications equipment (satellite phone)
  • Transportation
    • snow machine transfers between Pond Inlet and the expedition location on Days 2 & 8
  • daily tours by snow machine Days 3 – 7
  • airport transfers in Pond Inlet
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Pond Inlet

King Eider Floe Edge

What’s Not Included

  • Personal clothing and gear – a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
  • Travel between your home and the Ottawa International airport
  • Hotel accommodation and restaurant meals other than those listed above in Pond Inlet
  • Souvenirs, purchases of a personal nature, personal phone calls etc,,
  • Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control – i.e. snow and ice conditions, weather, flight delays, etc.
  • Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip – insurance may be purchased through Black Feather (strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities

 

Floe Edge Photographers

Is This Trip Too Physical For Me?

This Trip is rated Skill Level 1+  No previous experience is required.

This trip has been described as the classic Arctic expedition trip. Given the topography of this region, this expedition has been designed with a start (drop off) point and an end point – the community of Pond Inlet. Weather is always a factor in this part of the world. This is not a physically demanding trip. All clients should though be able to handle a variety of weather and related ice conditions. Most years the sea ice, on which we travel, will be relatively smooth however rougher sections can be encountered. The komatiks (sleds in which clients travel in) are designed to maximize comfort and enjoyment. Route-wise, this expedition is almost completely on the frozen ocean – sea ice. Each day the group will depart from the comfortable base camp and explore the surrounding area. Areas such as bird cliffs on Bylot Island, icebergs, glaciers, ancient dwelling sites and historic sites will all be visited. All clients are expected to help in setting up camp and various other camp duties.

About The Guides

Black Feather guides are exceptionally qualified. Each principal guide has an extensive outdoor background, formal training and leadership experience. Your guides will have an intimate knowledge of  the local conditions and be equipped to help maximize the experience for each person. Our Inuit guides add a wealth of traditional knowledge.  On your trip, Marc will share his knowledge of photography, and help you create images with visual and emotional impact.

The guides are always ready to provide coaching and helpful advice on any aspect of the trip and will attempt to maximize the spirit of adventure for each individual. Your safety is their prime concern and your guide will make decisions with this in mind. We must stress that listening carefully to instructions given by the guide is your responsibility and in the best interest of you and the group.  Each group member is encouraged to contribute to the tasks of the trip and your guides will act as helpful resource people. Lastly, as this is your holiday, the Black Feather guides have a real sense of fun and excitement, and will help to make this your trip of a lifetime!

If you’d like to reserve a spot or further discuss the specific details of the trip send me an email at bmaynard@coolwildlife.com or use my contact form, we’d be happy to give you a call.

Pond Inlet Iceberg

Floe Edge Base Camp